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Michigan State football: What we learned in 2019, what to watch in 2020

Looking back at Michigan State’s 27-21 win in the Pinstripe Bowl over Wake Forest and this season, while looking ahead to the Spartans’ offseason and 2020.

Three things we learned

Changes helped some: MSU finished with a 371.9 total yards per game average and 127.2 rushing yards that only eclipsed the Dantonio-era low of 124.8 per game from 2018 with Friday's 177-yard performance. Scoring rose 3.7 points per game from 2018 to 22.4 this season. New coordinator Brad Salem’s offense struggled mightily against the meat of the Spartans’ schedule, getting shut out at Wisconsin and scoring just one TD in six other games.